Renault Trucks has great pleasure in announcing the arrival of a new low entry cab addition to its Distribution range. Mainly designed for refuse collection, this is a successor to the Puncher and completes the manufacturer's Distribution range. It has been given the name of "Renault Access", symbolising the easier access to the cab which makes the crew's work so much easier, safer and therefore more efficient. Fitted with a DXi7 engine, it will be available in 4x2 rigid or 6x2*4 configurations, first of all in France, before gradually becoming available in the rest of Europe. Customers will be able to try out Renault Access as a Renault Trucks caravan presenting the vehicles and associated services for local authorities travels through France, calling in at Poitiers, Paris and Montpellier during the autumn of 2010.
Refuse collection operators are finding vehicles with low entry cabs an increasingly attractive solution because they are more reliable, safer for the crew and more manoeuvrable. With Access, Renault Trucks is offering a new vehicle specifically designed for domestic refuse collection and adapted to the demands of this activity. Designed to make the work of bin collectors easier, it provides them with greater safety and comfort which, in turn, enhances their efficiency.
As its name suggests, Renault Access has been designed for activities that require crew to climb in and out of the cab very frequently. It therefore has the lowest access height on the market - only 435 mm from the ground - and only a single step for accessing the cab. Inside, the floor is completely flat, meaning that crew can get in and out on both sides - a very practical feature when cars or walls restrict access to the vehicle. There is also sufficient headroom (2 m) for the driver to easily stand upright. And when he does sit down, he benefits from a pneumatically suspended seat and a dashboard with ergonomics that allow him to fully concentrate on his driving. In addition, the cab can accommodate a crew of three, who each have an independent seat back and more than 700 L of storage space in the units around them.
Needless to say, as far as safety is concerned, nothing has been left to chance. Renault Access is fitted with ABS braking and ASR anti-skidding to maintain control of the vehicle at all times, even on slippery surfaces. The extensive windscreen, with its 1.564 sq. m. glazed surface, two wide-angle rear-view mirrors, a forward view mirror and curb rear-view mirror, all provide the driver with optimal visibility. They allow him to anticipate and handle every kind of situation by immediately showing the various pedestrians or cyclists moving in the vicinity of the vehicle. Finally, the vehicle's two rotating warning lights are incorporated into the body and are therefore protected from impacts.
Designed to weave in and out of the narrowest streets, particularly in urban environments, Renault Access is available in two configurations: 4x2 rigid (GVW 18-19 T) or 6x2*4 (26 T) with a track width of 2.50 m, a turning radius of only 6.60 m between curbs and available with short wheelbases from 3,250 mm (4x2 rigid). Operators working in town centres who really need a "go everywhere" vehicle can also opt for a "narrow track" version only 2.29 m wide, in any configuration. Finally, it is important to stress that the chassis height can be raised by up to 70 mm above normal driving height and lowered by as much as 90 mm below it.
The engine is the DXi 7 Euro V, with a power rating of 270 hp or 310 hp. It is coupled to an automatic Allison 3000 gearbox which optimises consumption and delivers a comfortable drive to the vehicle's occupants. It offers two driving modes: "eco" which makes a priority out of reducing consumption and "dynamic" for use under more severe conditions requiring maximum pulling power. Furthermore, to adapt to the demands made of RCVs subject to countless stopping and starting, the gearbox automatically switches to neutral every time the vehicle stops, without the driver having to do anything.
In order to reduce consumption even more, Renault Trucks also offers to provide its customers' drivers with instruction in economic driving via its "homegrown" Optifuel Training programme with a configuration specifically geared to refuse collection activities. This enables driver teams to learn more about the vehicle, anticipate every kind of situation and therefore drive it much more economically, with less stress, greater efficiency and enhanced productivity.
Renault Access will be one of the flagship vehicles in the Renault Trucks caravan visiting Poitiers, Paris and Montpellier in the autumn of 2010 to present vehicles and services specifically designed for local authorities.